Tilly and the Buttons Fifi Set

I wasn't sure if I liked the "paisley pattern" Liberty of London fabric that I had in my stash as its a bit "busy" and purple isn't normally my colour, but it was a bargain (reduced to £12.50 for the 1.5m) in my local Abakhan fabric store, and I just can't resist a bargain!

I decided to give the Tilly and the Buttons Fifi set a go as this only required 1.5m of fabric, perfect!!

Tilly and the Buttons Fifi Set

More often than not I use PDF patterns nowadays as it's instant purchase (although that's a bit dangerous sometimes) and I like to store the instructions on my iPad rather than having loads of booklets lying about the house needing storage space that I haven't got!

Tilly and the Buttons Fifi PDF pattern


This pattern is so pretty, but its not a beginner level project, the camisole is constructed from fabric cut on the bias which makes it a bit tricky to handle, I had very little experience of working with bias cut patterns so this was a bit of a challenge, my top tip is to stay stitch everything as this stops it from going out of shape!!!

This pattern also has french seams throughout, I love a french seams but again I haven't done them all that often, they are actually pretty simple, it just takes a bit longer than normal as you are in effect sewing each seam twice! I also found that I had trained my brain to always sew with the fabric right side to right side, so when I had to sew it wrong side to wrong side to make the french seam my brain kept telling me to STOP!! 

I love the french seam finish though, its so professional!

French seams

I also love the pleats on the camisole bust, it gives it such pretty detail and makes it fit really well, but oooops! can you spot the little pucker in the picture below! (I'll sort that out later).

Fifi pleat detail

Fifi camisole top

Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric is great for this set as it is crisp but still drapes beautifully!


The shorts were much easier to construct, and Tilly gives a great way to make the elasticated waist band (sewing the elastic onto the shorts directly rather than making a fabric tunnel) this will ensure that the elastic doesn't twist, I just hate it when that happens.

Fifi shorts

I'd say that all in all it took me about 5-6 hours to make the set, I just did a bit here and there to break it up. I did struggle with a couple of areas of the instructions, that being the pattern layout guide (it confused me as some of the direction lines varied to that on the actual pattern piece itself, so I just winged it), and I struggled with the centre of the bust cups, the seams didn't quite match up, so I must have got something wrong at some point?! But it all worked out in the end.

The set is lovely, and I actually love the fabric now too! I will definitely be making more versions, its great as it only needs 1.5m of fabric.

Tilly and the Buttons Fifi set

Feel free to ask any questions below.

If like me, you love Liberty, check out the bag and purse set that I have on sale in the shop!